OVA's services are grounded in two separate but equally important foundations. First, Pennsylvania's Crime Victims Act legislates post-sentencing rights and services for victims of crime in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania Board of Parole. It's OVA's responsibility to implement these rights. Second, the voices of victims have provided the inspiration and the framework for the development of our operations and various program offerings.
OVA was established in 1995 and diligently works to provide victims of crime with notifications, support, and advocacy services. Victim Assistance Coordinators on staff work with local advocates at community based victim service programs, as well as with advocates in county district attorney offices, to ensure that all victims of crime who have requested post-sentencing services receive the compassionate and individual attention that they require.
Our office collaborates closely with the Department of Corrections, the Board of Pardons, and the Board of Parole to develop and maintain a parallel continuum of restorative justice and trauma informed services to include:
The team at OVA is available by phone at 800-563-6399 Monday through Friday 8am to 4:45pm and can provide information about these services and more:
Details of our work can be found in our annual reports, as well. Thank you for your continued support of crime victims in Pennsylvania.
Jennifer R. Storm - Commonwealth Victim Advocate